Recognizing Serious Health Problems

The following signs may be indicators that a student has a serious emotional or health issue:

  • Depressed or anxious mood
  • Isolating self from family and friends
  • Expressed feeling of hopelessness
  • Marked weight loss or gain
  • Lack of energy or motivation
  • Hyperactivity or rapid speech
  • Involvement in an emotionally, verbally or physically abusive relationship
  • References to death, suicide, or self-harm
  • Persistent physical symptoms (e.g., headache, nausea, dizziness, abdominal pain, congestion, blurred vision, skin rash or bumps, changes in appetite or sleep patterns)
  • Risky, impulsive, or threatening behaviors (e.g., prescription drug abuse, illicit drug use, abuse of over-the-counter medications, alcohol abuse, reckless driving, cutting)

If you suspect that your son or daughter is suffering from any kind of emotional or health condition that is interfering with their ability to function, it is essential that you talk to them and encourage them to seek help.  If you are concerned that your student may be an imminent risk for harming themselves or someone else, call University Police (361)825-4444.